“The administration of former President George W. Bush blamed the slow pace on enhanced security checks.
But since then, the U.S. program, working through the U.N. refugee agency, has revved up as it streamlined its methods.
For the fiscal year 2007-2008, by U.S. calculations, it surpassed its target of 12,000 refugees, resettling 13,800. For the fiscal year just ended, it beat its target of 17,000 refugees by nearly 2,000.
Some activists, however, contend the U.S. targets remain too low, given the size of the refugee problem.”